Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr. Reports from the Field
Penn Museum Curators Dr. C. Brian Rose and Dr. Josef Wegner will discuss their recent field seasons at Gordion and Abydos.
Recent Excavations at Gordion, Royal City of Midas
C. Brian Rose
Located approximately 100 km southwest of Ankara, Gordion was continually inhabited for nearly 4000 years and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Near East. Its heyday was in the first half of the first millennium BCE when it was the royal capital of the powerful Iron Age kingdom known as Phrygia to the Greeks and Mushki to the neighboring Assyrian empire. Gordion's fabled king Midas, in myth cursed with asses' ears and the "golden touch," was actually an historical figure, and the monumental burial mound (Tumulus MM) that bears his name was probably one of his first building projects. This talk presents an overview of the most recent fieldwork conducted under the auspices of the Penn Museum, including new discoveries with the "Midas Mound" and a new circuit of fortifications revealed by remote sensing.
Fieldwork at South Abydos, Egypt
Excavations of the Museum's Egyptian Section took place during the winter of 2012-13 and recently during the summer of 2013. Many discoveries this year provide new information on South Abydos during the Middle and New Kingdoms. The report discusses current results in the excavation program of the tomb of Senwosret III, new evidence from excavations in the private cemeteries, and the exciting new discovery of a fifty-ton royal sarcophagus chamber. We will look briefly as well as at ongoing work at the mayoral residence which this summer produced over two thousand seal impressions and a host of new evidence on the ancient community associated with the mortuary complex of Senwosret III.
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